US to cut Hong Kong’s special status, as Cold War tensions flare

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump said Friday that the U.S. will eliminate a “full range of agreements” it has with Hong Kong that grants special status, a day after China decided to impose control over the territory’s security. 

“This was a plain violation of Beijing’s treaty obligations,” the president said, adding that the “one country, two systems” arrangement for Hong Kong’s autonomy that was promised to last for 50 years “has 27 years to go.” 

Therefore, he said, “I am directing my administration to begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment.”

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China blames US hawks for risking ‘new Cold War’

SHANGHAI — China’s foreign minister on Sunday argued that political forces in the U.S. are pushing the two powers into a new Cold War when they should be cooperating against the coronavirus.

Wang Yi also warned the U.S. against trying to change China, defended Beijing’s handling of the pandemic and made a case for more control of Hong Kong in a news conference that lasted over an hour and a half.

“In addition to the coronavirus, there is another political virus spreading in the U.S., using every opportunity to attack and discredit China,” Wang said on the sidelines of the

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Coronavirus pandemic pushes US and China into new Cold War

TOKYO — While the U.S.-China relationship has become more toxic than ever since their dramatic rapprochement in the 1970s, the two have so far managed to avert a bigger blowup but the coronavirus pandemic has exposed the possibility for a further deterioration in ties.

Some had last year referred to increasingly frosty U.S.-China ties as a new Cold War, but that is an inaccurate description.

The broader context of U.S.-China relations is quite different from the geopolitical landscape during the Cold War between Washington and Moscow over four decades ago. Two key factors provided effective buffers against an intensifying of

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US rejects China’s ‘near-Arctic state’ claim in new cold war

NEW YORK — The U.S. is extending $12.1 million in economic aid to Greenland and setting up a consulate in the Danish territory this summer, looking to counter the growing presence of China and Russia in the Arctic.

The package, revealed by the State Department this week, comes as a response to Russia’s military buildup in the region and China’s investment in the Arctic’s natural resources and shipping routes.

Washington is “in the process of adjusting our Arctic policy,” a senior State Department official told reporters on a briefing call. “And it’s a change that’s driven by the desire of

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